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Even Nebraska governor is caught up in hype surrounding No. 11 Creighton and upstart Huskers

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    Nebraska coach Tim Miles looks on following a 60-51 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college basketball game on2 Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (The Associated Press)

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    Nebraska players, including Shavon Shields (31), Tai Webster (0) and Leslee Smith (21 celebrate their 60-51 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (The Associated Press)

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    Creighton's Doug McDermott, right, goes for a layup past Villanova's James Bell (32) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart as Creighton won 101-80. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Nebraska's Terran Petteway (5) reacts after drawing a foul against Michigan State's Matt Costello during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Nebraska won 60-51. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (The Associated Press)

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    Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) drives to the basket against Villanova's Kris Jenkins in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Creighton won 101-80. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

Even Gov. Dave Heineman is getting caught up in the hype surrounding Nebraska's major college basketball teams.

The Creighton Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) lead the Big East and their star Doug McDermott is a top candidate for national player of the year.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6) upset then-No. 9 Michigan State on the road Sunday.

Their fifth win in six games pushed them to .500 in the Big Ten, and they're bidding to make the NCAA field for the first time since 1998.

Heineman has been following college basketball since he was a cadet at West Point and Bobby Knight was Army's coach. He told The Associated Press on Monday he's relishing the possibility of Creighton and Nebraska making the NCAA tournament in the same year.